Mekong Delta - Vietnam
Not a city but an entire region, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam comprises one of the most fascinating areas for an overland tour. This is the place the mighty Mekong River breaks into several tributaries as it completes its more than 4,000-kilometre journey and exits into the sea.
The Mekong Delta is often known as the fruit bowl of Vietnam with so much produce grown here. Fishing has also been common with many families living in floating villages or on boats as they make a living.
Many people choose a day tour from Saigon to the Mekong Delta, but to really appreciate and explore the waterways an overland tour like the Mekong & Cambodia Explorer is the way to get to see the area. For the ultimate Mekong holiday, a luxury River Cruise allows you to see the countryside and small villages along the way.
The area is dotted with thousands of local villages filled with local crafts and artisans, while several key cities are growing fast.
Located on the southern bank of the Hau River, Can Tho is famed for its floating markets, rice paper and pottery-making villages and picturesque rural canals.
Often referred to as the “Rice Bowl of Vietnam” due to its fertile soil, Can Tho is also the largest agricultural producer in the Mekong Delta.
The Cai Rang Floating Market, the city’s most popular floating market operates every day to showcase a way of trading from times past. While Chau Doc deep in the Mekong near the Cambodia border is another growing city. It’s also the departure point for boat services taking guests from Vietnam up the Mekong to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.